A Travellerspoint blog

Bus & walking to explore Dubai

Woke Nathan at 8.30am and went for brekkie in the adjoining building. We passed on cornflakes but loved the pita bread with soft cheeses and honey. We went out the front and hopped on a bus heading for Bur Dubai area and hoped it would take us to the old area near the creek. We had been on the bus for an hour when I saw a sign for Dubai Museum where we wanted to go. I asked the driver if we went left or right and he pointed up. I was feeling very frustrated at the lack of friendliness and communication problem.

The bus cost 5d for both of us - $1.80. We wandered down a side street, asked a few people for directions and eventually found it. Admission fee was 3d each - $1.10. It was the oldest building in Dubai, a 1787 fort. Dubai was an trade and pearling place before oil was discovered in the 60s. Finding out about the Bedouin lifestyle was very interesting.

Leaving the Museum we walked through the Bastakiya area which features the old wind tower houses. These were once the homes of wealthy Dubai merchants and are traditional courtyard home with beautiful heavy wood front double doors. The wind tower was used to cool the home.

We then walked along the creek which is more like a river which is a brilliant clear blue. There are mosques with their minarets all over the place and we heard the singing and calling to prayer through the loud speakers.

Had lunch in a wind tower house Baksta Art cafe and sat on big cushions on the floor. I had chickpea, banana, mango and sultana salad which was unusual but nice and Nathan had a baked potato – not cheap cost 61d - $22.

We then walked through Dubai Souq which sells beautiful fabrics from Asia.

We caught an abra, small wooden boat with no sides where everyone sits on a platform in the middle. It cost 1d for both of us from Bur Dubai abra station to Deira Old Souq abra station. Went past the Dhow wharf – dhow bound for every port from Kuwait to Mumbai docked here to load and unload cargo. They aren't that big and don’t look seaworthy for such long journeys. We first walked through the Spice Souq which smelled great with big sacks filled with spices, nuts and dried fruit. Next we walked through the Gold Souq, lots of little jewellery shops. We wandered down little side streets and noticed they were getting quieter and no Westerners or women were around & I felt a little uncomfortable so we went back the way we came.

Caught an Abra back to the Bur Dubai side of the river to find the bus station to catch a bus to Jumereih Beach. We eventually found it after asking many people. It then took us that long again to find out the number 8 bus went there and would take an hour. There were no Westerners or women at the bus station and as it was already 3.30 pm & I didn’t want to get back here in the dark. We decided to catch the number 3 bus back to our hostel.

Looked in the nearby All Mullah and Al Bustan shopping centres which had mostly fabrics and eastern clothes. There were no interesting food shops so we had Maccas for dinner. Walking a couple of blocks homes we passed a cool clothes shop full of clothes made in India. I bought two tops and a necklace for 145d ($52). Organised the hostel staff to take us to the airport tomorrow morning.

Outside our youth hostel

Outside our youth hostel


A minaret

A minaret


Inside the museum

Inside the museum


Inside the museum

Inside the museum


Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum


A Wind Tower House

A Wind Tower House


lOcal street

lOcal street


Wind Tower

Wind Tower


Dubai Creek - so blue

Dubai Creek - so blue


Loved the big wooden doors

Loved the big wooden doors


Lunch restaurant

Lunch restaurant


Naths lunch

Naths lunch


Wind Tower

Wind Tower


By the creek

By the creek


Walkway along the river

Walkway along the river


Alleys of fabric shops

Alleys of fabric shops


Riverfront

Riverfront


Abras criss crossed the river

Abras criss crossed the river


Ocean going Dhow

Ocean going Dhow


Lots of Dhows

Lots of Dhows


Brilliant blue water

Brilliant blue water


Local street

Local street


Spice Souq

Spice Souq

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Arab Emirates

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login